Fall beckons to the small game hunter. Iron County has long been known for providing excellent hunting for grouse and woodcock. Small ponds and lakes attract many kinds of waterfowl as the cold north winds drive them south.
Archers come from near and far as the first season for deer opens on October 1st of each year. The archer, whether hunting with a longbow or recurve bow, stands an excellent chance of taking a trophy buck in this earliest of the deer hunting seasons..
Bear hunting is also a very popular and growing sport here. Regulations vary from year to year, so we urge you to check early if you intend to pursue "Brer Bear." Large bear have been seen in all parts of the county as they forage and gorge themselves in ready for their long winters nap.
The big day! November 15th. The general gun season for whitetail deer opens. This event causes schools to close for the opening day lest no one shows up for school anyway. Many a resident plans his/her vacation around the last two weeks of November to spend in pursuit of the elusive 30 point buck. The local towns are flooded with an influx of "hunter orange" as visitors flow in from the cities to try their hand at the sport. Each year Iron County can be found among the leaders in numbers of deer and trophy deer taken. Many bucks of 8, 10 and 12 points and better can be seen hanging on the camp buckpole.
Located in the southern section of the western Upper Peninsula, the greater Crystal Falls area offers terrific opportunities for the sportsman or sportswoman.
Being recognized as one of the top locations for ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting in the country, this area also offers outstanding hunting for whitetail deer and black bear. As well as our famous big game hunting, you can also find a challenge in trying to bag snowshoe hare, wild turkey, and squirrel.
With thousands of acres of public hunting lands available due to our proximity to national and state forests, plus private land registered in the Commercial Forest Act, the Crystal Falls area is a hunter's paradise.
To obtain a mapping of the Iron County area's available hunting lands contact the Iron County Clerk for your copy of the latest edition of the Iron County Plat Book at (906) 875-3221.